Argentina, American and Canada in lopsided wins
AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP: Sebastian Cancelliere scored three tries and defending champion Argentina routed Uruguay 57-12, while the United States and Canada also took lopsided triumphs Saturday in the Americas Championship.
Argentina, heavy favorites to retain their title in the Six Nations-style event despite fielding a largely second-string squad, won at home to reach 2-0 after an opening 20-6 victory in Canadian snow last week.
They stayed atop the table on scoring margin over the United States, which ripped visiting Brazil 51-3, while hosts Canada, powered by three tries from Taylor Paris, humbled Chile 36-15 for its 100th test win.
At Bahia Blanca, Cancelliere's treble was supported by two tries from Santiago Montagner and one try each by Domingo Miotti, Marcelo Brandi, Santiago Alvarez and Frenando Luna.
Uruguay, which lost 29-23 last week at United States, had the first try in each half from Santiago Arata and Juan de Freitas in a losing cause.
The host Americans jumped ahead of Brazil in the third minute when debutante right wing Spike Davis scored a try. Will Magie added a penalty in the 13th minute and J.P. Eloff added a try in the 27th minute for a 13-0 US lead at halftime.
New Zealand-born Tony Lamborn, playing for his American father's homeland after making four appearances last season for Super Rugby champion Hurricanes, scored two tries while Cameron Dolan, Mike Te'o, Bryce Campbell and Peter Tiberio added tries for the US squad to boost the blowout margin.
At Langford, British Columbia, near Victoria, Francisco Cruz kicked a penalty in the seventh minute to put Chile ahead. But Canada left wing Paris scored tries in the 26th and 30th minutes while Canadian captain Gordon McRorie contributed a penalty and two conversions for a 17-3 half-time lead.
Paris completed his hat trick with a try in the 53rd minute and George Barton added a 67th-minute try in his Canada debut as the hosts surged ahead 29-10. Chile's Rodrigo Fernandez and Canada's Dan Moor exchanged tries in the final minutes.
Next Saturday's matches find the United States at Canada, Argentina at Chile and Brazil at Uruguay.
Argentina have booked a spot in the 2019 World Cup, but the regional tournament is a key tuneup for World Cup qualifying bids by Canada and the United States, who meet to decide a berth in June.
Argentina 57 Uruguay 12
United States 51 Brazil 3
Canada 36 Chile 15
Table (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points):
Argentina 2 2 0 0 77 18 1 9
United States 2 2 0 0 80 26 1 9
Canada 2 1 0 1 42 35 1 5
Brazil 2 1 0 1 20 54 0 4
Uruguay 2 0 0 2 35 86 1 1
Chile 2 0 0 2 18 53 0 0
Note: Four points for a win, two points for a draw, one bonus point for scoring four tries, one bonus point for losing by seven or fewer points.
United States 29 Uruguay 23
Canada 6 Argentina 20
Brazil 17 Chile 3
Remaining fixtures (all times GMT)
February 18: Chile v Argentina (21.00)
February 18: Uruguay v Brazil (23.00)
February 18: Canada v United States (01.00)
February 25: Chile v United States (21.40)
February 25: Argentina v Brazil (21.40)
February 25: Uruguay v Canada (23.00)
March 3: Brazil v Canada (21.15)
March 4: Uruguay v Chile (19.00)
March 4: Argentina v United States (21.40)